What levelling up means for London: in conversation with Andrew Haldane

The government’s levelling up agenda, with its focus on addressing geographic inequality, has paid little attention to London’s own levelling up needs.

Centre for London fully supports the objective of levelling up and believes it should be a long-term national mission to reduce geographical inequalities across the country. However, we are concerned that the agenda could in fact lead, either by accident or intent, to London being levelled down.  

On Wednesday 29th June, we are hosting a hybrid event that will provide an opportunity to discuss the capital’s levelling up challenges, as well as what the next steps are for the city.  

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Claire Harding, our Research Director, will present the Phase 1 of our Levelling Up research; examining how London should build a more persuasive argument on the need to level up within London and to recognise the importance of the capital to the UK’s economy.

Bobby Duffy, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, will be delivering the opening remarks, highlighting the work being undertaken by the Policy institute’s Work/Place project and its synergies with some of the key points from Centre for London’s report findings.

A conversation with RSA Chief Executive, Andrew Haldane, will follow. We will be discussing:

  • What practical change we have seen as a result of the levelling up agenda. 
  • What successful levelling up would look like. 
  • Whether London’s levelling up needs have been forgotten. 
  • What London organisations should be saying about levelling up to their counterparts elsewhere in the UK. 


A small invite-only audience will join us in person, and we will livestream the conversation to a wider online audience through YouTube. The event will be recorded so you will be able to watch back at your convenience.

If you would like to attend in-person but have not received a personal invitation, please email our Events Officer, Ines Oliveira.


Chair: Dr Linda Yueh is a Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School; as well as Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Presentation: Claire Harding is the Research Director at Centre for London. She joined the Centre in 2020 and is responsible for our research programme.

Speakers: Bobby Duffy is the Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute. He has worked across most public policy areas in his career of 30 years in policy research and evaluation, including being seconded to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. 

Andrew Haldane is the Chief Executive of RSA (the Royal Society of Arts). He was formerly Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.


9.00 | Arrival time for in-person attendees

9.30-9.35 | Introduction by Bobby Duffy, King’s College London

9.35-9.45 | Presentation by Claire Harding, Centre for London

9.45-10.15 | 1-to-1 discussion with Andrew Haldane, RSA; chaired by Dr Linda Yueh, Oxford University, LBS and LSE

10.15-10.30 | Audience Q&A

10.30 | End

This event is part of Centre for London’s year long project on levelling up and is free to attend thanks to the support from our generous sponsors. We’ve recently put together key statistics which showcase the levelling up challenges across the capital.


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